A court in Grosseto, Italy has convicted five employees of multiple manslaughter and negligence following the Costa Concordia shipwreck.

The court allowed plea bargains for five staff who got sentences of between 18 months and two years 10 months for charges of multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck, in exchange for pleading guilty and avoiding a lengthy trial.

32 crew and passengers died when the ship capsized off the island of Giglio in Italy. 

The Costa Concordia captain was charged separately with manslaughter and abandoning the vessel.

None of the five employees are likely to go to jail as the sentences under two years are suspended.

The longer sentences may be appealed or replaced with community service, judicial sources said.